in the House,
is a collection
of observations and conclusions made by a fifteen-year veteran police officer from Houston, Texas.
The book begins
with the prologue which is a graphic fictional account of a drive-by shooting and is based on a compilation of real life incidents.
This book has two themes:
1. Gang members are seeking firm, fair, and consistent
external discipline to help them decide where social boundaries are located, and
2. Promises kept breed respect for the system while promises
broken breed contempt.
Gangsta in the House ... is written with a conversational
style, but does include a touch of humor.
The subject is, however, very serious and relevant to today's
The book should take the mystery out of the gang experience
and open doors to understanding why these young people do the things they do.
An explanation about how gang members perceive the world
differently than "normal" people and how that different perception occurs is offered.
The reader learns about the three big lies told by all
street gangs to their members and how those lies help in recruiting new members and bolstering the image of the gang.
The reader also discovers that most criminal street gangs
fall into one of the five "families" of gangs and how to recognize these broad families.
Girl gangs, the nature of the gang uniform and the purpose
of graffiti is discussed in detail.
Denial and the Cure...
conclusions and detail specific suggestions for change in the way we deal with crime and punishment issues.
may be surprised by the nature and scope of these changes--particularly coming from a person of the Author's background.
in the House offers practical, common sense solutions for parents, communities, and governments that could effect gangs
and crime in America and make our neighborhoods safer for us and our children.